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WordPress is a great CMS that is very robust, but one of the issues that I have always had with WordPress is the amount of time wasted in navigating the pages section to make changes to each page for my website and a customer’s website. One of the best plugins that I found many years ago was called Admin Menu Tree Page View.     The adage that “time is money” as a web developer is so very true. Therefore, the more efficient you can be in performing the essential tasks of editing pages the more profitable you can be in business. WordPress, if left alone without any modifications or installation of plugins, is a great system, but there is Continue Reading…

  AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. It is an open source project by Google, and the aim is to speed up websites accessed by mobile devices. As the market share of mobile devices increases year after year, Google has decided that fast loading on mobile devices is extremely important.  A website will not only benefit SEO wise because the pages will be loading faster, but  some say Google will be ranking sites that use this technology higher, which in simple terms, it can be labeled as “stripped” down version of html. I don’t want to waste your time with too many details, because making a WordPress site AMP capable is one plugin activation away. Install and activate AMP and you Continue Reading…

  I’m by all means not a SEO specialist, but even a novice web designer should know that one page websites are horrible as far as SEO is concerned. If you have very little content that fits in one page, you are better off by dividing that content into different pages. That said, we a have  a feature in our themes that we can decide which custom menu to display per page/post. Thus we can have the best of both worlds, a regular website, with blog posts, e-commerce, various other pages, and a page that will act like a one page web site.         Ok, lets start. To create a one page web site we need a few Continue Reading…

  There are several dozens of shortcodes plugins. Some are good, some not so good, and yet, in most cases it seems that they all pretty much do the same things, so choosing the right shortcodes plugin for you is not that important. They all have shortcodes for columns, buttons, tabs, accordions, etc… This notion of all such plugins are the same, changed for me when I discovered the “WP Canvas – Shortcodes” plugin.   It’s free, and besides the usual things, it has additional unique shortcodes, which at least for me, it makes it light years ahead of the competition. Some of the shortcodes not found  in a typical shortcodes plugin are Progress Bars, Pricing Tables, a Countdown Timer, Continue Reading…

  I recently discovered the “Plugin Inspector” – wordpress.org/plugins/plugin-inspector . It basically checks any plugin you have installed in your WordPress site, and gives a detailed report on any deprecated functions, security holes, and unsafe php functions, and ranks those security risks, as low, medium and high. I am shocked to see how many plugins from the WordPress.org repository have security issues. I’m not talking about the plugins that are abandoned years ago, but recently updated. How low are the standards to have a plugin posted over there? I’m sure things will be much worse outside the repository, just like the themes. Talking about themes, just visit the themecheck.org website, just to realize how much “bad coding practices” there is out there, while charging Continue Reading…